Friday, July 21, 2017

To the Lighthouse

after our trip to the tip of the Leelanau, we went into the very hilly interior full of cherry trees

At the top of a hill Lake Leelanau to the left, Lake Michigan to the right
the biking ladies
the light house  

carvings in Northport
Northport Harbor
there was a country club and golf course next to our camping spot. We had drinks on the terrace one night overlooking pretty gardens as the sun set
our drinking posse returning to camp while the sun set
glass pretties in Sutton Bay as we rode to Traverse City
in the middle of the Leelanau trail was this snapping turtle
two toned hydrangeas
we went to a wine and beer tasting fundraising on Great Traverse Bay one night
the bay
the school we had the event in had two majors; a maritime academy and a culinary school. The students made our appetizers

We woke up after our first night in Leland to dense fog. I had bought two headlamps at 
Costco thinking I could put one on my helmet but I found that impossible I put one on 
my seatpost with a blinking red light and another in front with a blinking white light.
But I could barely see as my glasses kept fogging up. I looked over the tops until we
got to Northport, another  cute town. We then went to the very tip of the peninsula to
the State Park. I had stayed there years ago with a campsite right on the bay. We
caught a ferry very early in the morning out of Leland to go to South Manitou
Island, which is completely non-inhabited. We had to backpack everything in
for a mile.

We experienced our first giant hills going back through the interior. Last year
I would have had to walk but I muscled up. Miles of orchards and views of
various lakes. Very pretty. Fortunately most of the downhills were straight on smooth
roads so I was flying.

I had white fish tacos along the river back in Leland and then off to the beach
to swim (warmer than Frankfort even though we were north) and look for the
lake stones. After dinner, our friend treated us to drinks on a patio overlooking
wonderful gardens as the sun set. A good day.


Elephant's Child said...

Looking good. Very good.

Teri Bernstein said...

You look great!

Teri Bernstein said...

What is that green thing that looks like a turtle?

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

A snapping turtle with seaweed on its back. A tourist asked me if they were always so big up here. I didn't know but I've seen ones twice as big in Ann Arbor in my old neighborhood

Snowbrush said...

I would like to have a flower bed composed of those "glass pretties."

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

I have some glass in my yard. More would be nice. alas the store was closed and it would be hard to carry on my bike

Snowbrush said...

The long wet winters here in Western Oregon really get me down, and every year I try to come up with a tool for get me through them. None work all that long after Christmas, but I since I love colors and flowers, maybe these would help some.

Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer said...

Snow, Michigan winters are fairly dismal too so I try to escape to sun at least once. July has been going by so fast that soon it will be the drab months of November on. I do keep orchids inside and Christmas cacti though they got overwatered while I was gone.

Snowbrush said...

"I do keep orchids inside and Christmas cacti"

I also have potted plants, although I'm more interested in foliage plants than in pretty flowers. I got up to over forty plants, but since I take all of my plants to the tub for a shower every two weeks, that many was too much work, so I'm now down to 21, 20 of which are in my bedroom and the other in the den.


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